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Hollywood Isn’t So Progressive When It Comes to Female Filmmakers

Tracy Bloombyline‚ Feb. 05‚ 2013

When director Kathryn Bigelow won an Oscar for 2008’s “The Hurt Locker”—becoming, in the process, the first woman to win an Academy Award for best director—it was widely viewed as a breakthrough moment for women who worked behind the camera. But several years later, Bigelow is still an exception to the long-held belief in Hollywood that a man must steer a film in order for it to have a chance at financial success.

Bigelow’s success aside, there’s no question that female filmmakers overall have made tremendous strides in the movie world recently. One only needs to look at the recently concluded Sundance Film Festival, where not only were half of the films in the dramatic competition made by women, but the winning movie in that category was directed by one.